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A couple of ideas...SM

Posted By: FBL on 2005-11-04
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I would suggest you pick up a copy of your local area's business journal and see what terms other businesses for sale are offering. Then place an ad in it yourself once you decide what you want. If you don't have a business journal in your town or one nearby, check the classifieds in your local paper (you won't find as much there, though). You may even want to pick up the Wall Street Journal as a last option, just to see how the ads are worded and what terms/rates are out there.

To add value you need to be offering things like an established company name, any archived files you have, hardware and software used in the business, any "norms" you have set up, etc. You will also want to offer your services during the transition, as a liason between the new owner and the clients to train and troubleshoot.

Finally, be sure to get a well-written contract that spells out exactly what you are selling and what you are/are not liable for. Be sure your business is in compliance with all regulations and don't release any medical records without the knowledge and written consent of your clients, and then only to the new business owner who has a "business need to know".

Good luck!

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    My daughter LOVES trains, and you can find scenic train trips all over.  We did one in Romney, WV that was just wonderful.  The train was called Potomoc Eagle, and we did see bald eagles on our trip. 

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     Ranzy Luster in Texas fixed my LX-219 with large display for a flat rate of $100, gave a 90-day warrantee with the repair.  He sometimes advertises on the MT Daily site.  He has been around a long time.  His phone number is 254-235-3241 and his e-mail is rluster@transcribe solutions.com.  I felt he treated me very well and he was fast.  I should say if the large display is not working, I don't believe he works on that, but if you can see anything in the large display, I believe he will work on it.  Ask him.

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    Sorry, this is kind of long, but I would appreciate any advice/comments.

    Back in May I was contacted by someone to whom I had sent my resume several months prior.  She asked if I would be interested in some part-time work, and I said that I was.  She had no idea how much or what time of day, etc. 

    Well, it turned out to be quite a bit of work, and I wound up calling her and letting her know that it was too much, as she would ride me about turnaround time when I had let her know that I already had almost full-time work prior to accepting her part-time deal.  She did have another girl working on the account, but her work needed to be edited (fully to voice), and she asked that I hang in there while she found someone else, which I did, and she went through about three other girls.  During this time she would hit me with sometimes 2+ hours of dictation out of the blue, and there would be many days with nothing at all.  I had actually been hoping to still get daily work, but just a reduced amount from what it had been, and was still hoping that is how it would go once she was able to find someone else to share the load. 

    Anyway, about a week ago I received an e-mail from her that she no longer had the account, and here is where my question comes in . . . I really liked doing this dictation, and am interested in trying to obtain the account for myself, but they are in a different state from me.  Since she has lost the account, I do not feel that it would be stealing, but obviously they must have had a replacement transcriptionist/service prior to telling her they would no longer need her services, so I am wondering how long I should wait and what approach I should take . . . should I call them, or perhaps mail something, or even call and try to get an e-mail address???  I was not told what the reason is that they no longer use her services either, by the way, and as far as having said what I did about it being too much work, I would give up something else to have this account if I could get it, but at the time I told her it was too much I had not decided that.  I had been considering proposing just that to her, for a negotiated higher wage, but then she lost the account. 

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    TIA for opinions/ideas!

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    I assume you are using Windows 2000 or XP.

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    If that does not work then...

    Next time the problem happens, right click "My Computer", and select "Manage".

    Double click "Device Manager".

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    Fannie May candies (the best and all prices) see

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    Also, our youth group had a balloon tower contest.  Each team had a bunch of balloons and several rolls of clear tape.  Then they had 10 minutes to blow up the balloons and build a tower using the tape.  Whoever built the biggest tower won.  Of course, we had some older kids in the youth group.  Younger kids might have trouble tying the balloons. 

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    Great ideas..sm
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    This is wonderful.  Thanks to all of you for sharing.  I really appreciate and will pass it on to my friends as well. 
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    I found some very helpful and uplifting at the same time. 

    I spent the last 2 days crying off an on and was afraid I was going to need the ER myself. Then I told myself it can't happen right now to cease and desist.

    Today, I spent the afternoon on the phone with the insurance company that handles our disability insurance. They had sent a check  but we were expecting triple the amount. That would have gotten us over the hump. They, ha-ha, only pay for 2 times the amount of days spent in the hospital as disability, not the full 2 months he was off, and they ripped us off on the ICU pay and the ER pay. They were supposed to pay for those stays, too.

    I work 2 jobs now, 1 employee status, 1 IC, plus a single doctor locally as IC.  As for health insurance, the employer's health insurance was more expensive than what I have and really didn't cover anymore than what I had...anyway, they wouldn't have paid 1 cent as it would have been less than a year, if they would have covered him at all.

    Then I saw it...a life insurance policy that I've had on hubby for 12 years. It's only for $20,000 but I cashed it in today. I hated to do it as it was a cheap policy, but I do have other policies on him that total $170,000, so this one is no big deal. The cash from that may just get us over the hump.

    I will call the mortgage company at our local friendly bank. We only have 4 years on our mortgage so I don't see a problem there...but I could be wrong as usual. The 2nd mortage is only $247 a month. I might be able to scrap that up if I work harder and longer.

    We did have savings equal to 3 months salary but it's all eaten up by the end of this month. But, hubby did feel good enough that he loaded up a bunch of scrap metal over the weekend and he got decent money for it. Plus he sold a little tag along trailer he had so at least we have some money for essentials like food for us and the cat and dog for a week or two.

    As for selling "one of the trucks", no can do. One is a pickup that he needs to get his truck parts for his dump truck and my car can't be sold. The frame is so rusted  it won't pass inspection this September. It's a '92 so wouldn't get anything for it anyway. BTW, we never financed a car or pickup. Always paid cash for them.

    We made it before back in the '70s when neither of us had a job and I'm trying to remember that experience and what we did then....oh, I remember. We didn't claim bankruptcy but sold everything we owned because we were only $11 above the income level for Medicaid and help from welfare unless they could put a lien on our house.

    Then we started all over. I guess we can do it again, but these hospital and doctor bills really make me sick, especially since the doctors told him not to worry about it...that everything was taken care of...yeah, right.

    Thanks again for all your support and ideas. I think I might be able to think of a few things IF I don't have to be on the phone with the doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, etc., every day like I do now. How frustrating.

    Need gift ideas.....

    I need some help figuring out a neat gift idea for our veterinary staff.  You guys always have some GREAT ideas !!!

    We have had some significant problems with both our "mom" and the 8 puppies we have left, having lost 3.  The staff at our vet hospital has just been absolutely wonderful.  This is a new vet hospital for us.  Our old vet and staff were... well... let's just say less than caring or concerned about our animals. 

    We'd like a way to say thanks in a different and unique way, other than the traditional fruit/snack basket, and this is just not my strong suit.  We feel that plenty of people will complain about bad service, but sometimes we forget to reward the great service or the extra effort, and this vet hospital has done that and more. 

    Any help or ideas would be appreciated.  TIA....